By Mbarak Abucheri
Muslim women in Nyanza region have called on the government through the Judiciary Service Commission(JSC)to establish assistant Kadhi’s position and appoint Muslim women to the position to cater for the interest of Muslim women at Kadhi’s courts across the country.
At the same time they joined their fellow women across the country in the gender rule debate where the called for the inclusion of Muslim women in the process for their interests and welfare to be well represented and catered at both national and county level for social economic development.
Speaking at a two day Annual Muslim women convention held at Kisumu Al Mu’uminun Integrated School grounds,Sisters With A Mission Muslim Development group chairperson Rehema Akidah asked the Judiciary to establish the position of Assistant Kadhi or a desk to accommodate Muslim women at Kadhi courts so as to cater for the interest of women.
She said a sections of Muslim women fear to speak out and raise their grievances openly to male Kadhis hence it was prudent for the judiciary to consider setting up the position which should be under Kadhi’s courts , the same way desks for domestic violence against women and children have been set up at police stations and conventional courts.
The chairperson stated that the establishment of the office or desk will lead to the dispensation of justice to Muslim women as it will eliminate fear among them hence helping in setting up mutual understanding in families.
Rehema pointed out that Muslim community has well educated and respected women who could take up the position and serve diligently with dedication and honestly,stressing that the establishment of the position will enhance and contribute to better service delivery at the Kadhi courts.
On her part Sister in charge of social services at the group, Rubia Ismail Abubakar called on Women Members of Parliament advocating and championing for the two third gender rule to include Muslim women in the initiative for them to feel part of the society.
Rubia lamented that on many occasion Muslim women have been degraded and sidelined in matters of national important leading to them to lag behind in social-economic development.
She noted that the constitutional dispensation provides opportunities for people’s participation and stressed that Muslim women as important partner and stakeholders should also be involved in development programmes in the country.
Addressing the gathering the group’s Secretary Shani Khamis appealed to Muslims especially men,well-wishers and donors to come out and support the group financially to supplement it efforts in serving orphans and the elderly persons in the Muslim community to improve on their livelihood.
Shani decried that most orphans and elderly persons in the community were experiencing a lot of challenges due to neglect and urged wealthy Muslims to be at forefront in giving out their support.
She disclosed that plans are at advance stage and that the group will set up bakery and other income generating activities to support the well-being of both orphans and elderly persons to improve on their livelihood and for them to feel part of the community.